white terrorist who plotted attack on ny mosque avoids terror charge, found guilty on four related counts

February 16, 2017

A white Tennessee man named Robert Doggart will not face terrorism charges for plotting an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Doggart was arrested in April 2015 when law enforcement learned that he had been attempting to recruit people to burn down a mosque in the self-named, Muslim majority community of “Islamberg“, an enclave outside of Hancock, NY. The NY Daily News reports that attorneys say the reason Doggart wasn’t charged as a terrorist “because federal terrorism statutes almost exclusively focus on foreign extremists.”

Doggart unsuccessfully ran for Congress as an Independent in 2014. Earlier today, Doggart was found guilty of one count of solicitation to commit arson, one count of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and two counts of threat in interstate commerce.